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  1. Hello, Just wondered if anyone has had any experience or has any advice on these two scopes. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/maksutov/sky-watcher-skymax-127-az-gti.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/maksutov/skywatcher-skymax-180-pro.html I've been plodding on with my Celestron AstroMaster for an age now, & would like to make the jump to something else more advanced when things come back in stock. I'd like some sort of Go-To system with my next scope & something more powerful in terms of scope. What I'd use it for - Lunar & Planetary observing / photog
  2. Hello all, Please can you help me, I've spent the last few months with my first telescope (a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ) learning the basics and whether I'd like to continue this as a hobby, now I've come to the conclusion that I'd like to continue and take the next step and buy a more higher quality scope. I've become completely overwhelmed by the varieties and information online....so I come seeking your advise. Reasons for use : Viewing & photographing the planets & moon (mainly), I'd love to have something powerful enough to see Uranus & Neptune in good enough
  3. Hello everyone. Over the last week or so, I've started to think that my telescope may need collimating / mirrors realigning, as objects don't seem to focus all that great. I've never made any adjustments since having the telescope, however I imagine due to movement about the house/garden the mirrors may have moved slightly. Also from what I'm reading online about what I should be seeing I don't seem to be achieving this, with Jupiter I can just about make out some of the cloud bands, but never much detail & never the Red Spot (I do understand it does depend on atmospheric conditions).
  4. Thanks for researching Sean, you are right...I don't have the focuser screw on my telescope. Guess I'll just have to focus the best I can using LV & hope it stays there. I see what you're saying about the softwares, I'll try out Photoshop first, then if no success look into other options (this is the first time I'm wishing I had a Windows laptop! ) To my surprise, last night....just as I was off to bed I looked out the window & it was clear skies....very clear in fact!!! I managed to take some videos & over 500 photos of Jupiter on a continuous shutter, I've segregated
  5. Thanks for all your advise....so it doesn't sound like I'm going too far wrong. I'll look up about the Bahtinov Sean....I've seen on Youtube you can make your own...lol I don't think I'd have the right skills and patience for that though. My Nikon does have the video function, I have been using it to try focus before capturing the photos, think I read somewhere that it is best to do that? Can I ask what you mean by locking the focuser, on the camera? I must point out that the world of camera, photography & telescope is all new to me so if I sound dim then please bare with.
  6. Hello, Please can I ask for your advice.....I've been taking some photos of the moon / planets for a couple months now. I've made some progress along the way but I am equally becoming more frustrated with my results. My telescope is a Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ (not the best scope in the world I know), and a Nikon D3200 camera along with the following bits and pieces, arranged in the order as I fit to the scope. IMG_7866.HEIC Below are the results I've been getting..... Jupiter : ISO 800 - Manual Mode - 1/20th sec with white balance at daylight, exposure has been red
  7. Are you able to use the BST Starguiders with a DSLR using some kind of T-Adaptor? I spoke to someone from FLO who said you can't....and recommended me to the Baaders (more costly)?
  8. Thanks Louis, I have worked out over the last few days that the Jones-Bird telescope design isn't the best....but I'm gonna try and roll with it, I'm just starting out so anything I see at the moment is quite thrilling. I have looked into the Starguiders range, I was surprised at the price...quite cheap . I contacted FLO to ask about using a DSLR with this range, they have advised they're not compatible & as an alternative suggested the Baader Hyperion range as the DSLR can attach to them. Have you or anyone else had any experience with these? Please do tell me if I'm missing t
  9. Hi everyone, Up until now I've been using the 20mm & 4mm eyepieces that came with the telescope. The 20mm has been fairly good for Venus & the moon, however the 4mm has proved quite awkward & I rarely use it if I'm honest. I'd like to make the next step, but my research has now left me brain fried.... I only plan to look at the planets / Moon for the time being. I've been reading up on the Celestron X-Cel eyepieces, they don't seem to bad price wise and reviews I've read have been fairly good. Anyone agree? I'm getting the impression I should only invest in a couple lens
  10. Hi all, I’m pretty new to astrophotography...well really new, only had my telescope (Celestron 127EQ) for 3 weeks. I’ve been looking at Venus for a couple weeks now and wanted to share my little journey photographing it. I started by linking my iPhone up to the telescope using an adaptor. The below photo is a collage of how I progressed over my first week, have to say after packing up every night and comparing that nights photos to the night before, it was so exciting as I could see I was getting slightly better day by day. However I soon worked out that the iPhone wasn’t much use for b
  11. Thanks for the comments and welcomes. I’m pretty pleased with the photos, I can’t wait to try taking some shots using the DSLR.....and when the moon reappears at a more appropriate time. I’ve been looking/snapping at Venus lately, but I’ll post those photos in the relevant section.
  12. Hello everyone. Newbie here to viewing the universe and astrophotography. I once had the opportunity as a young boy to view the major planets through a family friends telescope, and since then I've always been fascinated in them. I have never picked up the hobby on my own but always intended to eventually...but sometimes you just need a boot up the backside to get you going. Three weeks ago my other half gave me a telescope for my birthday. I now have a Celestron 127EQ (4mm & 20mm lens included), which from what I've read online is a good telescope for starting off with. I
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